hi! i've had dreads for 8 months, and now my boyfriend is thinking about getting dreads. he is a white male with very curly hair, like when it grows out it grows up into like an afro haha, instead of growing down his back like straight hair. so if i were to make dreads on him, how would i do it? would his dreads just be sticking out of his head at all angles or would they eventually grow longer and look like straight hair? thank you!

Anonymous

Hello there! 

If your boyfriend has a curly hair texture (and remember, hair textures are not bound by race or ethnicity!!), then the following methods will work for his hair:

Backcombing (with or without crochet hooking)

Freeforming 

Twist and Pull (aka twist and rip, but we feel “rip” is not accurately descriptive)

Or my favorite method, which you can see in the video I made:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id9iOeFESv4&list=UUTc3AL2dNQfmiFwcmKjHV2g

When you make locks, especially on non-coily and non-afro textured hair, the baby locks setup is usually pretty tight. Comb coils and other delicate setups are used on those textures, rather than moderately curly and straight hair, and they are gentle and soft. 
Twist and pull, backcombing, or combinations of the two cause the hair to be knotted and tangled right away, so these type of baby locks will stick up for a while initially. It can look pretty goofy. 

A unisex solution is a nice wide headband in a neutral color, and you can wrap it around the hairline and hold the locks down in a more organized manner. :) 

Additionally, be sure you use proper sectioning on the hair! Neat sections make maintenance much easier down the road:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0PExP1sqO8

As the locks mature, they relax at the roots and get weighted down, so after a few months they will stop sticking straight up. 
I hope this is helpful, 
-JR

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Also, as a side note for our followers: Please don’t call your hair an Afro if you are not of African or African diasporic descent.

- KJ

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Hello, I had Afro textured hair but then I relaxed it around July last year and then I started my dreadlocks around March this year. Its been almost 5 months and I just wanted to ask what signs of progress I'm supposed to be seeing at this point, I speculate things may be sort of slower because I relaxed my hair last year

its-ea-zie-j

Everyone’s hair locs at a different rate. I started my locs with a relaxer, and it took about two years for my locs to stop changing shape. I have heard this timeframe from other people who started their locs without relaxers, too, though.

How fast your hair will knot is continent on your starting method, how often you maintain your hair, how often you wash your hair, whether your wrap your hair up at night, your hair type, and many other factors. It’s simply impossible to tell anyone what their locs “should” look like after a given timeframe.

Your hair may loc faster or slower because of the relaxer—faster because of the roughened cuticles, but slower because of the chemically altered texture. But just be content in knowing you are going at your own pace. 

The time of maturation will come!

- KJ

Hi, so I had dreads for about 6 months, but my friend did them and they were not up to par. I didn't like how they were sectioned and what not. So I took them out, and I'm going to do them myself. I had one problem, everytime I would wash my hair they would all like lock together (around my roots) and most of the time I would just have to rip them apart, and it was very painful. Any advice?

Anonymous

Hey,

Unfortunately, all you can do is just keep separating and waiting it out. Baby locks like to stick together at the roots, and separating them can be painful. But as they mature, their tendency to stick together will diminish greatly. So just hang in there!

If you want to make things a bit better, you can try to maintain any excessive loose hairs around your roots. But other than that, it’s just a waiting game.

- KJ

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Hi! When dreads are fully mature, (straight hair) how fast is the rate of growth?

Anonymous

Locks do not change the rate by which your hair grows.

At first it may seem like your hair isn’t growing, because the starting and maturation process can make some sets of locks shrink up to lengths shorter than the individual hairs. Because of this, it can take a while for your locks to grow back down to the “original length” of the hair your started with.

Even though locked hair doesn’t grow faster or slower than your free-flowing hair would, it can appear to grow slower. This is for two reasons: First, your hair doesn’t appear as long as it usually does when it knots up. This is because it is wiggling and loop-de-looping around in the lock, rather than hanging straight down. Your hair literally doesn’t shrink, but the total length of the lock does. This is normal, and after the maturation process is complete, your locks won’t get any shorter—they can only grow after that!

The second reason is related to the first: Since the hair has to squiggle around in the lock in order to knot up, your new growth has to do the same. Squiggled, knotted new growth looks like it grows slower, but it actually is just busy knotting up.

So, in total, locks seem to grow a tad bit slower than free-flowing hair, but it’s just because your individual hairs are all jumbled up, rather than falling straight down. 

But don’t worry! You’ll notice growth in due time! It took me about two years to notice growth in my current set of locks, and they seem to be gaining length rapidly now.

- KJ

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